Facts and figures
The Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1988, the orchestra officially received the appellation ‘Royal’. It celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2013. In addition to some eighty concerts performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gives forty concerts at leading concert halls throughout the world each year. The orchestra participates in residencies in Paris (Salle Pleyel), Brussels (BOZAR), London (Barbican Centre) and Frankfurt (Alte Oper).
In the first half of this season, RCO Amsterdam will complete its world tour of six continents in a single year – the only orchestra ever to do so. The orchestra reaches some 250,000 concert-goers a year. Thanks to regular radio and television broadcasts in collaboration with its media partner, the Dutch broadcasting network AVRO, that exposure is further increased.
The orchestra has made over 1,100 LP, CD and DVD recordings to date, many of which have won international distinctions. In 2004 , the orchestra launched its own in-house label, RCO Live, and in 2013 RCO Universe was launched, an innovative online application with enhanced concert recordings for iPhone and iPad.